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The System

The System

Author: Ryan Gattis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2021

The System can save you, or it can break you . . . On the sixth of December 1993, a drug dealer named Scrappy is shot and left for dead on her mother's lawn in South Central Los Angeles. A heroin addict witnesses the shooting and seizes the moment to steal Scrappy's drugs, as well as the handgun that was dropped at the scene. When he's busted, he names two local gang members as the shooters. There's only one problem: one of them is guilty; the other, innocent. None of that matters, though, when the gun turns up again - miles from where the shooting happened - and both are arrested. Innocent or not, the gang tells them both to keep their mouths shut and take their charges. With these two off the streets, Little, the unlikeliest of new gang members, is given a very serious job: discover how the gun got moved, who moved it, and why. Because it had to be a frame-up and the cops had to be involved. Hadn't they? Played out in the streets, precincts, jails, and courtrooms of Los Angeles, The System by Ryan Gattis is a breakneck journey through every phase of the American criminal justice system. It is the story of a crime - from the moments before shots are fired, to the verdict and its violent aftershocks - told through the vivid chorus of those involved: the guilty, the innocent, the victim, the families who love them, and those simply doing their jobs. After all, justice is a matter of perspective.

The Sandpit

The Sandpit

Author: Nicholas Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/07/2021

'A remarkable contemporary thriller... A triumph' WILLIAM BOYD A journalist becomes embroiled in a world of secrets and paranoia when a nuclear scientist goes missing. When John Dyer returns to Oxford from Brazil with his young son, Leandro, he expects a quiet life. His time living on the edge as a foreign correspondent is over. But these rainy streets turn out to be just as treacherous as those he used to walk in Rio. Leandro's schoolmates are the children of powerful people, and a chance conversation with another father, Iranian scientist Rustum Marvar, sets Dyer onto a truly dangerous path. Then Marvar disappears. Soon, sinister factions are circling, and become acutely interested in what Dyer knows about Marvar's world-changing discovery... 'An absorbing thriller with shades of John le Carre' Evening Standard 'Exciting... A page-turner' Daily Telegraph

The Kobalt Dossier

The Kobalt Dossier

Author: Eric Van Lustbader Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2021

Evan Ryder is back in The Kobalt Dossier, the stunning follow-up to The Nemesis Manifesto from New York Times bestselling author Eric Van Lustbader. After thwarting the violent international fascist syndicate known as Nemesis, Evan Ryder returns to Washington, D.C., only to find her secret division of the Department of Defense shut down and her deceased sister's children missing. Now the target of a cabal of American billionaires who were among Nemesis's supporters, Evan and her former boss, Ben Butler, must learn to work together as partners - and navigate their intricate past - as they hunt down her family's kidnappers. Their search will take them from Istanbul to Odessa to an ancient church deep within the Carpathian Mountains of Romania. And all along the way, an unimaginable enemy stalks in the shadows, an adversary whose secretive past will upend Evan's entire world, and might just annihilate her.

A Cursed Place

A Cursed Place

Author: Peter Hanington Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2021

Knowledge is power. And they know everything. The tech company Public Square believes in 'doing well by doing good'. It's built a multi-billion dollar business on this philosophy and by getting to know what people want. They know a lot. But who else can access all that information and what are they planning to do with it? Reporter William Carver is an analogue man in a digital world. He isn't the most tech-savvy reporter, he's definitely old school, but he needs to learn fast - the people he cares most about are in harm's way. From the Chilean mines where they dig for raw materials that enable tech revolution, to the streets of Hong Kong where anti-government protesters are fighting against the Chinese State, to the shiny research laboratories of Silicon Valley where personal data is being mined everyday - A Cursed Place is a gripping thriller set against the global forces that shape our times.

The Kobalt Dossier

The Kobalt Dossier

Author: Eric Van Lustbader Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/07/2021

Evan Ryder is back in The Kobalt Dossier, the stunning follow-up to The Nemesis Manifesto from New York Times bestselling author Eric Van Lustbader. After thwarting the violent international fascist syndicate known as Nemesis, Evan Ryder returns to Washington, D.C., only to find her secret division of the Department of Defense shut down and her deceased sister's children missing. Now the target of a cabal of American billionaires who were among Nemesis's supporters, Evan and her former boss, Ben Butler, must learn to work together as partners - and navigate their intricate past - as they hunt down her family's kidnappers. Their search will take them from Istanbul to Odessa to an ancient church deep within the Carpathian Mountains of Romania. And all along the way, an unimaginable enemy stalks in the shadows, an adversary whose secretive past will upend Evan's entire world, and might just annihilate her.

The Rationing

The Rationing

Author: Charles (Dartmouth College) Wheelan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/06/2021

America is in trouble-at the mercy of a puzzling pathogen. That ordinarily wouldn't lead to catastrophe, thanks to modern medicine, but there's just one problem: the government supply of Dormigen, the silver bullet of pharmaceuticals, has been depleted just as demand begins to spike. Originally published before the COVID-19 pandemic, The Rationing is set in the near future, and centers around a White House struggling to quell the crisis-and control the narrative. Working together, just barely, are a savvy but preoccupied president; a Speaker more interested in jockeying for position-and a potential presidential bid-than attending to the minutiae of disease control; a patriotic majority leader unable to differentiate a virus from a bacterium; a strategist with brilliant analytical abilities but abominable people skills; and, improbably, our narrator, a low-level scientist with the National Institutes of Health who happens to be the world's leading expert in lurking viruses. Little goes according to plan during the three weeks necessary to replenish the stocks of Dormigen. Some Americans will get the life-saving drug and others will not, and nations with their own supply soon offer aid-but for a price. China senses blood and a geopolitical victory, presenting a laundry list of demands that ranges from complete domination of the South China Sea to additional parking spaces at the UN, while India claims it can save the day for the U.S. Political backstabbing, rank hypocrisy, and dastardly deception reign in this delightfully entertaining debut that presciently anticipated the COVID-19 crisis.

From the Grave

From the Grave

Author: Jay Brandon Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/06/2021

Nemesis

Nemesis

Author: Anthony Riches Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/2021

Mickey Bale, a Met close protection officer, wants revenge on the mafia family who killed his sister. First in a gripping British thriller series from Anthony Riches. 'Nemesis is a full-throttle adventure' ANDY McNAB They killed his sister. Now he'll kill them all.Mickey Bale is an elite close protection officer. That's why the Met police has given him the toughest job of all: guarding the Minister of Defence at a moment when Chinese-British relations have hit a deadly boiling point. And when Mickey's life isn't on the line for his work, he's taking his chances waging war on a powerful London gang family. Their dealer supplied a lethal ecstasy pill to his sister, and Mickey is determined to take them down, one at a time. But will he get away with it - or will his colleagues in the force realise that the man on an underworld killing spree is one of their own? 'Nemesis is a full-throttle adventure that twists and turns from the corridors of power to London's gangland underbelly, propelled by a hero with a thirst for vengeance and the skillset to execute it' Andy McNab 'Nemesis kicks like a 12-bore shotgun ... A British thriller to rival Reacher' Giles Kristian 'Mickey Bale is a Jack Reacher for a harder, faster, more assured millennium. Nemesis is the kind of book for which the word 'compelling' was coined' Manda Scott 'Meet Mickey Bale - London's John Wick. A rocket-propelled grenade of a book, shot through with gallows humour. Guy Ritchie meets Lee Child' Robyn Young

Banquet of the Beasts

Banquet of the Beasts

Author: Tim Cowen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2021

Monday 8th April 2013, the day they told us that Margaret Thatcher had died. The same day that an animal research laboratory is burnt down. There are just four survivors from the fire: Logan Fox, Marek Dogovsky the badger, a starling named Raven and Walinska the weasel. The beasts form an unlikely alliance with Blake Hardie, a lonely 35 year-old vegetarian who is struggling to cope with a recent bereavement and relationship breakdown. On the same day as Thatcher's funeral the mysterious Lynton Chilcoat launches Nobler Age Foodbanks, serving up food to the poor that has been genetically modified with the 'Thatcher gene.' It's all part of a plan so grotesque, that nobody in their right mind would think it possible. When footage of a poetry slam featuring a drunk Logan Fox goes viral, the hunt for the escapees intensifies, culminating in a terrifying midsummer showdown in Glasgow's George Square. Set on Scotland's West Coast, Banquet of the Beasts is a dark tale about the nature of power and the power of nature. A story of badger culls, fake news, the rise of foodbanks and the toxic legacy of Margaret Thatcher. Read it if you dare.

While Justice Sleeps

While Justice Sleeps

Author: Stacey Abrams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/05/2021

The debut thriller from Georgia democrat Stacey Abrams How far will she go to uncover the truth? 'Glossy, gritty, breathlessly suspenseful, effortlessly authentic, and altogether wonderful ' Lee Child 'A compelling, suspenseful mystery' Mark Billingham 'A mesmerising legal thriller' Michael Connelly An explosive secret When legendary Washington judge Justice Wynn falls into a coma and puts his law clerk, Avery, in control, Avery's world is turned upside down. Because Justice Wynn had a secret. One that nobody wants to come out... A life in the balance As Wynn lies in hospital, Avery begins to unravel a sequence of clues, and realizes the puzzle will lead her directly into danger. A showdown that will change everything But how high a price can you put on the truth? And is Avery brave enough to expose the White House itself? A gripping political thriller from the activist, leader, and speaker Stacey Abrams. 'Brilliant' LISA GARDNER 'Twisty and full of surprises' KARIN SLAUGHTER 'Demands to be read in one sitting' JEFFERY DEAVER 'Thrilling' LEE CHILD

While Justice Sleeps

While Justice Sleeps

Author: Stacey Abrams Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/05/2021

The debut thriller from Georgia democrat Stacey Abrams How far will she go to uncover the truth? 'Glossy, gritty, breathlessly suspenseful, effortlessly authentic, and altogether wonderful ' Lee Child 'A compelling, suspenseful mystery' Mark Billingham 'A mesmerising legal thriller' Michael Connelly An explosive secret When legendary Washington judge Justice Wynn falls into a coma and puts his law clerk, Avery, in control, Avery's world is turned upside down. Because Justice Wynn had a secret. One that nobody wants to come out... A life in the balance As Wynn lies in hospital, Avery begins to unravel a sequence of clues, and realizes the puzzle will lead her directly into danger. A showdown that will change everything But how high a price can you put on the truth? And is Avery brave enough to expose the White House itself? A gripping political thriller from the activist, leader, and speaker Stacey Abrams. 'Brilliant' LISA GARDNER 'Twisty and full of surprises' KARIN SLAUGHTER 'Demands to be read in one sitting' JEFFERY DEAVER 'Thrilling' LEE CHILD

East of Hounslow

East of Hounslow

Author: Khurrum Rahman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/05/2021

Meet Jay. Small-time dealer. Accidental jihadist. The one man who can save us all? Meet Jay. Small-time dealer. Accidental jihadist. The one man who can save us all? Javid - call him Jay - is a dope dealer living in West London. He goes to mosque on Friday, and he's just bought his pride and joy - a BMW. He lives with his mum, and life seems sweet. But his world is about to turn upside-down. Because MI5 have been watching him, and they think he's just the man they need for a delicate mission. One thing's for sure: now he's a long way East of Hounslow, Jay's life will never be the same again. With the edgy humour of Slough House and the pulse-racing tension of The Bodyguard, East of Hounslow is the first in a series of thrillers starring Jay Qasim. Praise for East of Hounslow Excellent book. Phenomenal writing. - BA Paris, author of Behind Closed Doors Educated me about some of the most urgent issues of our time while making me repeatedly snort with laughter. - Telegraph Told with striking panache. Announces the arrival of a fine, fresh new thriller writer - Daily Mail As much a coming-of-age story as a full-on action thriller, East of Hounslow is thought-provoking and entirely gripping. - Guardian 'A brilliant thriller. You'd be mad not to buy this. - Ben Aaronovitch, author of Rivers of London